Golf Team Rallies to Finish Sixth at Mauna Lani Invitational
Sophomore White fires 67 to pace No. 22 Jackets on Final Day
Feb. 6, 2010
Kohala Coast, Hawai'i -James White fired a 5-under-par 67 to lead a final-round rally for the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech golf team, which shot 6-under-par as a team and finished sixth in the Mauna Lani Invitational on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.
White, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga., birdied seven holes against a pair of bogeys to match his career-low round, while junior Kyle Scott put together a bogey-free round of 2-under-par 70. They tied for sixth place individually, with White matching his career-best finish and Scott establishing a new best.
"Very positive day for us today, with a super round for James, and great tournaments for Kyle and J.T.," said head coach Bruce Heppler. "We got a lot out of this week short of winning the tournament. I'm very happy with our guys, and it was fruitful for us. Hopefully we can do a little bit better in a couple weeks when we go to Puerto Rico.
Tech's 6-under-par 282 score Friday was the second best score of the day, enabling the Yellow Jackets to jump from ninth place and finish 11 shots back of Stanford, which shot a 2-under-par 286 score Friday to win by three strokes over Oregon and Washington.
The Cardinal finished 54 holes at 2-over-par 866, followed by the Ducks and the Huskies at 5-over 869. Texas, whose 281 was the best round of the day, finished fourth at 6-over-870, with Oklahoma State fifth at 7-over 871. Tech completed the three rounds at 13-over 877, followed by Texas Tech (+17), UCLA (+21), Southern California (+22), Arizona State and Florida State (both +25).
White and Scott posted 1-under-par totals of 215, eight strokes behind Texas' Bobby Hudson, who shot 6-under-par 66 Friday to capture medalist honors over Florida State's Brooks Koepka. Koepka shot a 65 and finished at 6-under 210. Oklahoma State's Kevin Tway (-4) was third, followed by Stanford's Sihwan Kim and Washington's Nick Taylor (both at -3).
Tech returns to action Feb. 21-23 at the Puerto Rico Classic.
20th ANNUAL MAUNA LANI INVITATIONAL Mauna Lani Resort Final Results